BRB Internacional

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BRB Internacional S.A.U.
TypeSociedad Anónima
IndustryAnimation, production, distribution, licensing
Founded19 July 1972; 50 years ago (1972-07-19)
FounderTito Basto
José Rodriguez
Claudio Biern Boyd
Defunct22 November 2022; 3 months ago (2022-11-22)
Area served
Key people
Jose Luis Ucha Lliviria
Total assetsCarlos Biern Enriquez
Number of employees
ParentCarlos Biern
DivisionsApolo Films

BRB Internacional S.A.U was a Spanish licensing and production company of animated television series as Around the World with Willy Fog, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds and The World of David the Gnome.[1][2] On 31 January 2018, WildBrain, a leading digital kids’ network & studio, has been appointed the exclusive global manager of BRB Internacional's extensive catalogue of kids’ content on YouTube.[3] In November 2022, the company closed after filing for bankruptcy.[4] DeAPlaneta acquired the company's library in January 2023.[5][6]


The name BRB comes after its three founders: Claudio Biern Boyd, José Luis Rodríguez and Títo Bastoas, who founded BRB Internacional SAU on July 19, 1972 as a merchandising agency in Spain – where the company is headquartered – Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. At first, BRB bought distribution rights in Spain to some of popular characters of foreign studios such as Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros., short film and television series as The Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, The Muppets and Charlie's Angels.[7] In 1975, BRB began licensing and distributing animation series both domestically and worldwide, including The Wood of Tallac, Banner and Flappy and Tom Sawyer, all anime series made by Nippon Animation Co., Ltd. in Japan, to start beginning BRB's long relationship with the Japanese animation studio.

After seeing a steady growth in this sector, BRB decided to start producing their own cartoon series, but delegating the whole animation process to other companies. Started with Nippon Animation with Ruy, the Little Cid, premiered in 1980 on Televisión Española (in Japan in 1984). Other series co-produced with Nippon Animation were Dogtanian, Willy Fogg and Football Stories (with Naranjito, the official mascot of 1982 FIFA World Cup). In 1985, BRB contracted Wang Films Productions in Taiwan their first international hit: The World of David the Gnome, aired in the United States on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block two years later. The company continued to produce new cartoon series, including Iron Kid ("Eon Kid" in the United States), Suckers and Canimals.

After that, they continued licensing successful foreign properties' rights in Spain including Pokémon, Pepsi, and The Pink Panther. Their most recent projects by Screen 21 SA was Super Bernard, a theatrical film based on their short-form series Bernard. However it fell to bankruptcy during the mid-2010s. BRB now has a new division called Apolo Films for the future of the brand. The studio's first film is a reboot of their Dogtanian franchise which was released in 2021.[8][9]

In 2023, the company's catalog was acquired by DeAPlaneta Entertainment.

Animated television programs[edit]

Animated movies[edit]

  • Dogtanian: The TV Special (1981) (TV movie based on the first series)
  • Dogtanian: One For All and All For One (1995)
  • Willy Fog
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1995)
    • Journey to the Center of the Earth (1995)
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1995)
  • Sandokan: The Princess and the Pirate (1995)
  • David the Gnome
    • The Tiny Little World of David the Gnome (1995)
    • The Gnomes' Great Adventure (1995 redub)
    • The Gnomes' Amazing Journeys (1997)
    • The Gnomes' Adventures in the Snow (1997)
  • Music For Your Eyes By The Mozart Band (1997)
  • Elliot Mouse: The Untouchables vs. Al Catone (1998)
  • Yolanda: Secret of the Black Rose (2000)
  • Fantaghirò: Quest for the Kuorum (2000)
  • Football Stories: The Official Rules of Football (2001)
  • Toonimals: Wild Records! The Greatest Animal Records (2001)
  • Ruy the Little Cid (2004)
  • Nicholas (or Nico): The TV Movie (2005)
  • Gladiator Academy: the Movie (2005)
  • The Adventures of Zip and Zap: Meet the Monsters (2005)

Live-action movies[edit]

  • La princesa de Kaphurtala
  • Marqués mendigo
  • Un difunto, seis mujeres y un taller
  • Atropello
  • Dentro del Paraiso
  • Los recuerdos de Alicia
  • Ambiciones'

Live-action TV[edit]

  • Los Sabios ("The Wise ones"), in TVE (using characters and animation from the anime series Mīmu Iro Iro Yume no Tabi)
  • ¿Y tú bailas? ("And you dance?", 1998), in T5
  • Tentaciones ("Temptations"), in Antena 3
  • Gran Splash ("Great Splash"), in TVE
  • Pokemanía, in T5 (using characters and animation from Pokémon)
  • La hora animada ("Animated Hour")

Feature films[edit]


  • Best Agent of the Year (2009) for Cartoon Network Enterprises.
  • Best Agent of the Year (2008) for Cartoon Network Enterprises.
  • Nominated for "Best producer of the Year" Kidscreen magazine (2007)
  • Gran Vía Award (2008), for "Around the World with Willy Fog. The Musical"


  1. ^ "Ship My Units: How European Animated Series Get on U.S. Channels | Animation World Network". 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ "Two BRB International Series Win Kids' Jury Awards at MIPJUNIOR | Animation World Network". 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  4. ^ "B R B INTERNACIONAL SA: Phone number, VAT number, and Address".
  5. ^ "DeaPlaneta Entertainment acquires BRB international full library".
  6. ^ Lang, Jamie (2023-01-24). "Deaplaneta Acquires BRB Internacional's Library of Animated Characters". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  7. ^ Hernández-Pérez, Manuel (June 24, 2019). Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Media-Mixes. MDPI. ISBN 9783039210084 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Apolo Films, el estudio de cine de BRB, se presenta en sociedad en Navarra - Cine y Tele". May 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (February 11, 2020). "'Dogtanian' Animated Feature In The Works from Cosmos-Maya, Apolo (EXCLUSIVE)".
  10. ^ "Archive » Special Report: NATPE – Europeans now 'think American'". Kidscreen. 1996-01-01. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  11. ^ Bendazzi, Giannalberto (6 November 2015). Animation: A World History: Volume III: Contemporary Times - Giannalberto Bendazzi - Google Books. ISBN 9781317519881. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  12. ^ "The Present and Future of Audio Description and Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Spain | Érudit | Meta v54 n2 2009, p. 248-263 |". doi:10.7202/037679ar. Retrieved 2016-10-01. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Exclusive: First details on the Willy Fog movie". 18 November 2020.

11. New Dogtanian TV Series is in development

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